Independent cultural events keep flourishing all across Europe even despite the current economic climate. They are often the result of non-profit efforts, institutional support and the massive creative will of hundreds of passionate artists. We like to call it the Epic Underground - that networked cultural scene that bubbles just beneath mainstream awareness and connects musicians, producers, designers, fans, venues and the web with the power of the do-it-together work ethic.

The SOTU Festival in Amsterdam and the Festival  of Endless Gratitude in Copenhagen are two extraordinary examples of what is happening in European culture at the street level.

SOTU - Sounds of the Underground is a five day festival in Amsterdam that concentrates on alternative and independent music culture with noise, indie rock, psychedelia, avant-garde, bass music, improv jazz and underground dance. Tthe program also includes documentaries, workshops, art and performances.  In 2013, SOTU had 1750 visitors, spread over 5 nights and 7 venues, with 91 artists. It’s supported by a host of media partners and independent venues.

The Festival of Endless Gratitude is a non-profit music and arts festival founded on friendships across the Atlantic. It happens in Copenhagen and it brings together an amazing cast of musicians like Causa Sui and Emma Acs. With the support of the Danish Arts Council and a host of other institutional and independent partners, FOEG is now in its fifth edition, representing the freshest approach to new music and international collaboration.

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From Berlin´s underground Camera is heavily influenced by 70s Krautrock bands like Neu and Can and have been playing spontaneous guerilla-like shows in U-Bahn stations all over the city. They were at Festsaal Kreuzberg opening up for the mighty Trans Am aswell as several festival appearances including performances with Neu´s very own Michael Rother. Having just debuted an album you should (if in Berlin) try and catch them live by going to one of their shows. The music is psychedelic, hypnotic and intense.

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Fortunately they also travel outside the subway tunnels of Berlin and showed up last December in Amsterdam for the Solaris Fest at Plantage Dok. Noise Problems was there and caught it all on´tape. Check out the whole voyage here at the FMA. Camera rules.

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Purple Pop was a one time event (at least till now, you never know) held at the OCCII in Amsterdam and was seen as an alternative to...Pinkpop the major festival which this year is headlining such acts as The Cure and Bruce Springsteen. Great stuff we all love the classics but not everyone can afford it and for those fans of sub- and counter-culture they could "pick up their hearts and dance until the early hours at Purple Pop." (Pinkpop finishes at 01.00 sharp wtf?!).

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Purple Pop took place on May 28, 2010 in Amsterdam. The festival was an iniciative from the producers who also organized the “Anti-Lowlands Festival" a year before, which was very successful and sold-out as a lot of people got the "anti" statement...but then a lot didn’t.

"We did Purple Pop deliberately the same weekend as Pinkpop. Were not per se anti-Pinkpop but want to offer resistance to the big commercial festivals and to give a fun place to indie bands who, like the big acts, deserve attention and showcase. The independent music scene in Amsterdam is quite small. Everyone has had enough of so little selection of authentic sub-cultural music. As with Anti-Lowlands, Purplepop is a network of like-minded people." Yes...Go Purple Pop!

The festival started early with veggie dinner at the MKZ restaurant behind the OCCII where acoustic bands were playing. Highlights went to the Suicidal Birds acoustic set of guitar and contrabass. Line up for the evening on the main stage was all awesome bands Apneu, Red the Planeeet, Pattern Cut-off and The Stutters.

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